English Grammar: The Parts of Speech and the Sentence (Part 2)

English Grammar: The Parts of Speech and the Sentence (Part 2)

This is a part of a basic series on English grammar. You can find the other posts below:

Now that we have taken a closer look at each part of the basic English sentence, I would like to take a look at the sentence as a whole again. It should be noted that not all parts of speech are covered in this brief series, though there will be more complementary English grammar information added over time. Topics will include: past (or imperfect) tense, future tense, present perfect tense, the use of numbers, homophones, prepositions, and more.

Now let us take a look at the first sentence we looked at in Part 1:

I go.

This sentence has a subject (I) and a verb (go). These are the only two elements needed in order to have a complete sentence. However, now that we have a better understanding of articles, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and plural, we can form more complicated sentences.

The red ducks swim quickly.

In this sentence we have an element of everything we learned:

  • Article: The
  • Noun (in the plural form): Ducks
  • Verb: Swim
  • Adjective: Red
  • Adverb: Quickly

Let’s take a look at one more sentence:

Now, I am turning slowly red.

What are the elements of this sentence?

  • Article: There is no article in this sentence.
  • Noun (in this case a pronoun taking the place of the noun): I
  • Verb (in this case a verb phrase consisting of a helping verb and another verb): Am turning
  • Adjective: Red
  • Adverb: Slowly

In future posts, we will look into more aspects of English grammar and begin to form even more complicated sentences! Good luck in your English study!

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